OECD High Level Meeting Provides Framework to Guide Internet-related Policy-making

Media Note
Washington, DC
June 30, 2011

At the conclusion of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) High Level meeting entitled “Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth,” held in Paris, France, June 28 – 29, 2011, OECD governments and other stakeholders agreed to a set of principles to guide Internet-related policy-making in member countries. The principles resulting from this multi-stakeholder process are presented in a communiqué: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/40/21/48289796.pdf

The following may be attributed to U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh:

“The commitment of OECD countries to support an open Internet is a milestone in building global consensus around Internet Freedom – an issue Secretary Hillary Clinton has prioritized in U.S. foreign policy. The communiqué is an important deliverable on the U.S.’s open Internet agenda. The U.S. asked for this summit to continue building global norms that nurture the open Internet and increase economic prosperity around the world. We can't afford to undermine the innovation engine that has produced more growth in its first 15 years than the industrial revolution did in its first 50.”

The following may be attributed to Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling:

“The OECD agreement is a major achievement that will support the continued innovation and growth of the global Internet economy. The policy-making principles provide a shared framework for addressing Internet issues while promoting an open, interconnected Internet that encourages investment and the trust of its users. This announcement also reflects a growing global consensus on the value of the multi-stakeholder approach towards addressing Internet challenges, an approach that remains critical to the Internet’s success.”

The High Level meeting and the resulting communiqué are examples of U.S. action to build consensus around international norms for cyberspace, as described in the President’s International Strategy for Cyberspace. Secretary Clinton delivered keynote remarks at the rollout of the Strategy on May 16, 2011, in which she described cyber issues as “a new foreign policy imperative:” //2009-2017.state.gov/secretary/20092013clinton/rm/2011/05/163523.htm.

The U.S. delegation to the High Level meeting was led by Ambassador Kornbluh and included Assistant Secretary and Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy Daniel J. Weitzner, and State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher M. Painter.

Media Contacts:

US Mission to the OECD (Paris): Zoë Mezin at +33(0)

Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (Washington): SCCI_press@state.gov.

PRN: 2011/1093